The Air Force Reserve to Become Presenting Partner of TBT 2019 Wichita Regional


By: TBT Staff | @thetournament

The Wichita Regional Presented by Air Force Reserve to take place July 25-28

BOSTON – May 14, 2019 – The Air Force Reserve and The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the $2 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event broadcast live on ESPN – announced today a new partnership making Air Force Reserve an Official Partner of TBT and Presenting Partner of the Wichita Regional. Air Force Reserve will receive premier branding at the Wichita Regional including a jersey patch on all uniforms for the eight teams in that region. In addition, it will have an on-site and in-broadcast presence at every TBT venue.

“We are pleased to announce Air Force Reserve as Presenter of the Wichita Regional,” said Jon Mugar, Founder/CEO of TBT.  The Wichita Regional is already one of the most highly anticipated events in TBT's 6-year history, as it’s on pace to shatter all ticket sales and attendance records. It promises to be a great weekend for TBT and Air Force Reserve.”

“The Air Force Reserve is excited to become the Presenting Partner of TBT’s Wichita Regional,” said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Johnson, chief, total force marketing division, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. “Wichita State’s proximity to McConnell Air Force Base makes the Regional a great opportunity for our local recruiting teams. And TBT’s national platform allows us to further share the great story of The Air Force Reserve and how we can partner with students to help with college tuition assistance and student loan payback.”


Entering its sixth season, TBT restructured to a host team format for its regionals to take advantage of the passionate fan bases in those respective cities. For more information on the format click here:

Air Force Reserve is the first Presenting Partner of a TBT Regional. The Wichita Regional Presented by Air Force Reserve looks to be one of TBT’s strongest. Thus far, the region includes The AfterShocks, a Wichita State alumni team, and Purple & Black, a Kansas State alumni team whose competitive roster earned them an early acceptance. The excitement around those two teams has resulted in strong ticket sales, boosting the Wichita Regional Prize, equivalent to 25% of ticket sales, to the top amongst all TBT regions. Currently more than $48,000, TBT expects a particularly competitive field as teams choose to chase the money.“We are ecstatic to have The Air Force Reserve as a partner for TBT’s Wichita Regional," said Brian Hargrove, Executive Director of Sports Development at Visit Wichita. “This Regional is already shaping up to be an amazing four days, and to have The Air Force Reserve involved only makes it better.”

The Wichita Regional will take place at Charles Koch Arena starting on July 25. The Regional Championship will take place on July 28 at 4 p.m. CDT. All games will be available to watch on the ESPN family of networks.

The winner of the Wichita Regional will move on to TBT’s Championship Week in Chicago to compete for $2 million from August 1-6.

You can purchase tickets to the Wichita Regional, or any other, here: